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Updated: October 31st, 2012 1:54pm
John Carlson still out; Percy Harvin dealing with hamstring issue

John Carlson still out; Percy Harvin dealing with hamstring issue

by Judd Zulgad
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Tight end John Carlson has not been cleared to return from a concussion and remained absent from the practice field on Wednesday as the Minnesota Vikings began preparations for Sunday's game in Seattle.

Carlson was one of only two Vikings players who did not practice Wednesday. The other was backup linebacker Tyrone McKenzie and that was because his wife was in labor.

Four players were limited, including wide receiver Percy Harvin. Harvin is dealing with a hamstring issue. Harvin also had the same problem and landed on the injury report before the Week 6 game in Washington. He caught 11 passes for 133 yards in the Vikings' 38-26 loss to the Redskins.

Carlson was injured while playing special teams on Oct. 21 against Arizona and did not play last Thursday in the Vikings' loss to Tampa Bay.

This is the fourth documented concussion of Carlson's playing career but Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said this month that there is no reason to believe the rest of Carlson's season or his career could be in jeopardy.

Carlson, 28, reportedly had two known concussions while playing at Notre Dame and landed in the hospital in January 2011 after suffering another when his head hit the frozen Soldier Field turf during the Seattle Seahawks' divisional playoff lost to Chicago.

The Seahawks cleared Carlson to return last season, but he suffered a shoulder injury in training camp that required surgery and landed him on injured reserve.

That didn't stop the Vikings from giving the former second-round draft pick a five-year, $25 million contract in March. But he sprained a knee the first week of camp, missed the entire preseason and has only three catches for 8 yards in seven games.

In addition to Harvin, the list of players who were limited Wednesday included safety Mistral Raymond (ankle), cornerback Antoine Winfield (knee) and running back Adrian Peterson (ankle).

Listed on the injury report but not missing practice time were defensive tackles Fred Evans (knee) and Letroy Guion (ribs), linebacker Erin Henderson (elbow), punter Chris Kluwe (knee) and quarterback Christian Ponder (knee). 

Wide receiver Michael Jenkins did not practice with the Vikings on Monday because his grandmother had passed away. However, he was back Wednesday.

Tom Pelissero contributed

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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